#alienadventures: David Tlale’s downtown drama

To say that David Tlale likes a bit of drama, is like saying Jen Su might be persuaded to wear a hat. From live orchestras at midnight to “that” show on Mandela Bridge, David likes to push boundaries, and along with them, a lot of his critics buttons. In most cases, David’s love of drama … Continue reading

#alienadventures: Comme des Garcons: White Drama exhibition, Paris

The reason I love traveling is because of sights like these. I was in Paris recently, and only by chance saw a poster in the metro advertising this exhibition. It was a small fringe exhibition, but the content and concept stayed with me. You’ll see why when you view the slideshow…  

#alienadventures: when fashionably late is no longer fashionable #MBFWA

[origional copy from my City Press column: African Time is a time bomb – 4/11/2012.  I feel it deserves re-posting] The old saying that “time is money” takes on a new meaning in our digital age. Time is not just money, but has become one of our most precious commodities. Technology has not only created … Continue reading

#alienadventures: the biggest fashion trend for 2012…and beyond

Perhaps not what you were expecting but something I’ve been subscribing to for quite some time. Prescriptive fashion trends are so last century. In this day and age, personalisation and individualism rule – not following the herd. So try this as a 2012 mantra: you might be pleasantly surprised with the result.

#alienadventures: you know you’re in Paris when…(observation 2: fierce shoes)

The women are as fierce as their shoes are. So it’s true. French women don’t eat croissants. It’s how they manage to squeeze into those designer labels. Spotted in department store Bon Marche was this fierce example. Crisp white coat, with heels and leggings to catch the eye – and catch my eye they did. … Continue reading

#alienadventures(China): behold my pale arms

Like many cultures around the world, in ancient China the paler you were, the more beautiful you were seen to be – as well as of a higher social class: it is only blue-collared workers who toil outdoors in the sun.  This belief lives on in the 21st century. In modern China, many women rely … Continue reading

#alienadventures: streetstyle in China

People watching is always pleasant past-time, especially in a developing nation like China where new affluence and conspicuous consumption wrestles with an emerging street savy identity. These pictures were taken on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai last week. The Shanghai girls were the most sophisticated and polished, favouring lots of sheer flowing chiffons. Their … Continue reading

#alien adventures: the world is ending. Hideous royal hat sells for £81 000!

So we might all be laughing at the Harold Camping cult who’s prediction that the world would end on the 21st May did not materialise, but I beg to differ. I think we have all been transported to a parallel universe without realising it. Everything looks the same, but clearly things are not. If look hard … Continue reading

#alien adventures: superella’s super space

The Bamboo Centre in Melville is one of Jozi’s creative hot spots that carries an unassuming air of dignified calm. It houses, amongst others, the ever popular, Service Station (who’s harvest table is always delicious), a retail anchor for Black Coffee, the brilliant design house Entrophy and off-beat jewellery curator, Tinsel. But the centre alone … Continue reading

#alien adventures: high fashion for naked apes

Stylist-turned-designer (and overall good mensch) Shaldon Kopman, has been quietly honing his craft for tailored menswear for the past few years. As all good designers should, he waited until he felt his fashion offering was ready, before officially  launching the label last year. In just a couple of seasons, he has already sharpened his tailoring, … Continue reading